I know that this blog is called Fashion, Food and Flirts but sometimes I do feel the need to discuss my other big passion: film! Watching movies provides the ultimate escapism: away from reality and into a world that is so far beyond possible that it –contradictorily- becomes more realistic. If there is one person on this planet who understands the power of good cinema, it’s Peter Jackson. I consider The Lord Of The Rings– trilogy to be the best films ever made and I know I’m not the only one! Needless to say that when “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” came out last year, I was beyond excited to go and see the film and it did not disappoint! Although the Hobbit didn’t have the grandeur of the LOTR-trilogy, I still thought it was a work of true brilliance.
I’m sure all of you, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, have already seen the brand new trailer for the second part of The Hobbit-trilogy “The Desolation of Smaug”. Here’s a reminder:
Damn, talking about a good trailer! (And Oh. My. God! Orlando Bloom is back in all his elfish gloriousness! )
Ever since I saw this trailer I felt this sudden urge to watch the first Hobbit-film for a second time. Frankly, I’m surprised and a little bit embarrassed I didn’t rewatch it any sooner! While I was rewatching the film, some aspects came to my attention I had failed to notice the first time. And what’s more, a lot of these aspects revolve around the essence of this blog: Fashion (in this case: the importance of a good hairdresser), Food (in this case: the importance of good seasoning) and Flirts (in this case: the importance of an incredibly sexy dwarf)
Lesson nr 1: Bilbo Baggins has a very girly side
He cooks, he cleans and he has an enormous stash of antique silvers and cutlery. Everything about Bilbo Baggins screams domestic housewife! I mean, he crochets! He can’t travel without a handkerchief! Even I am not that girly!
On the very positive side, however, Bilbo’s soft side might be his biggest advantage: he chooses words over fighting and in a film that mostly celebrates the act of chopping off the heads of creepy Orks, that is an admirable thing.
Lesson nr 2: Frodo Baggins, for heaven’s sake what did you do to your hair?
At the very beginning of the film, Elijah Wood makes his reappearance as Frodo Baggins. Although the scene between him and Bilbo is rather short, he still managed to make an impression. And not a really good one for that matter! Whereas Frodo’s hair in the previous Lord Of the Rings-trilogy looked all rough, wild and gloriously curly, it now looked as if he had just visited an 80’s hairdresser and got a really really really bad perm. And for some reason that bothered me. But hey, who am I to judge a film solely on the basis of a poodle-esk hairdo?
Lesson nr 3: Sage- apparently- is not a strong herb
This is one of favorite scenes from the Hobbit: the trolls have tied up the dwarves on a spit over a fire and one of the trolls says : “They should be sauteed and grilled with a sprinkle of sage.” To which Bilbo replies: “wait! You are making a great mistake…with the seasoning. Well, have you smelt them? You’re gonna need something stronger than sage before you plate this lot up!”
I don’t know about you, fellow foodies, but I find sage to be quite a strong herb! I once ate saltimbocca at an Italian restaurant and although I normally love saltimbocca, this one was practically inedible because those poor veal loins were completely smothered by the abundance of sage leaves. Don’t get me wrong, sage is wonderful, but you do have to be careful not to overuse it and end up with something that far more resembles the taste of an overpowering toothpaste rather than a fragrant hint of Italian summer.
But then again, I’ve never eaten dwarf before so who knows? Bilbo may be right 😉
Lesson nr 4: Kili is the sexiest dwarf ever
This statement requires a background anecdote: A couple of weeks ago I was terribly bored and therefore started browsing the internet in search of some highly-praised British TV series to keep me busy. I then came across a BBC series called “Being Human”, which tells the story of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together. It is a strange combo of supernatural horror and British comedy, so needless to say that I immediately got addicted to the series, and – It’s me we’re talking about, after all- to one of the main characters: vampire Mitchell. Gosh, I was completely and utterly smitten with his brooding charm, mesmerizing eyes and oh so adorable Irish accent. The actor who played Mitchell, Aidan Turner, somehow seemed familiar but I was simply too lazy to google his name. (After all, that sounds so very stalker-ish! 😉
Until this weekend I never quite figured out where I knew him from. That is until I saw The Hobbit and realized to my big surprise (and joy!) that Vampire Mitchell is Dwarf Kili! ( I started clapping my hands like a crazy person – or a Happy Feet penguin- out of sheer euphoria! )
Anyway, what I actually wanted to say is this: Kili is the sexiest dwarf on whole Middle-Earth, so I believe thanks are in order, Aidan Turner! Thank you for being so incredibly handsome and thank you for being part of The Hobbit. It made the film even better!
And should you , for some inexplicable reason (call it destiny 😉 ), read this post:
Lesson nr 5: When in doubt, sing!
The occasional or frequent visitors of my blog will know that I truly believe in the power of musicals. Whether it is Grease, The Sound of Music or Funny Girl, they’ve all taught me one thing: Singing is good for the soul and gives you courage to carry on! And I sincerely hope that all grumpy, pessimistic musical haters are silenced once and for all, because if even dwarves believe in the power of song, you know it’s right!